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The Best New TV Dramas of the Last Few Years

Updated February 24, 2021 0 votes 7.2k voters 120.9k views160 items

List RulesVote up the best television dramas that premiered their first season on or after January 1, 2017.

With so many great TV series currently airing, we’re ranking the best television dramas since 2017. Our list of the highest rated dramas of the past three years is ranked by viewers from everywhere, so make sure you vote up the best new drama series on television. What is the best new drama on TV? 

Featuring new Netflix shows, Hulu originals, critically acclaimed miniseries, and more, the best recent dramas include Sharp Objects, OzarkThe Handmaid's Tale, and Killing Eve. HBO miniseries Big Little Lies is considered to be one of the most bingeworthy shows today, while Youtube Red's Karate Kid spinoff Cobra Kai is known as the show to watch now.

Vote up the best new dramas and feel free to add any new dramatic series missing from the list. 

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  • The Handmaid's Tale1
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    The Handmaid's Tale

    Elisabeth Moss, Joseph Fiennes

    Premiered2017

    The Handmaid's Tale (Hulu, 2017) is an American web television series created by Bruce Miller,...  more
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  • Killing Eve2
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    Killing Eve

    Sandra Oh, Jodie Comer

    Premiered2018

    Killing Eve (BBC America, 2018) is a British drama television series developed by Phoebe...  more
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  • Ozark3
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    Ozark

    Jason Bateman, Laura Linney

    Premiered2017

    Ozark (Netflix, 2017) is an American crime drama series created by Bill Dubuque. Financial...  more
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  • The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel4
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    The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel

    Rachel Brosnahan, Michael Zegen

    Premiered2017

    The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel (Amazon Video, 2017) is an American period comedy-drama web...  more
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  • Sharp Objects5
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    Sharp Objects

    Amy Adams, Patricia Clarkson

    Premiered2018

    Sharp Objects (HBO, 2018) is an American miniseries created by Marti Nixon, based on the novel...  more
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    #23 of 52 The Best HBO Dramas of All Time#56 of 114 The Best Dramas On HBO Max

  • Big Little Lies6
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    Big Little Lies

    Reese Witherspoon, Nicole Kidman

    Premiered2017

    Big Little Lies (HBO, 2017) is an American dramatic miniseries created by David E. Kelley,...  more
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  • Jack Ryan7
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    Jack Ryan

    John Krasinski, Abbie Cornish

    Premiered2018

    Jack Ryan (Amazon Video, 2018) is an American television series created by Carlton Cuse and...  more
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  • The Punisher8
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    The Punisher

    Jon Bernthal, Ben Barnes

    Premiered2017

    Marvel's The Punisher (Netflix, 2017) is an American web television series created for Netflix...  more
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  • The Sinner9
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    The Sinner

    Jessica Biel, Bill Pullman

    Premiered2017

    The Sinner (USA, 2017) is an American anthology drama TV series developed by Derek Simonds,...  more
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    #19 of 49 The Best USA Network Original Series#3 of 64 The Best New Mystery Shows of the Last Few Years

  • Altered Carbon10
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    Altered Carbon

    Joel Kinnaman, Renée Elise Goldsberry

    Premiered2018

    Altered Carbon is an American science fiction television series created by Laeta Kalogridis,...  more
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  • Manifest11
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    Manifest

    Melissa Roxburgh, Josh Dallas

    Premiered2018

    Manifest (NBC, 2018) is an American drama television series created by Jeff Rake and Matthew...  more
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  • A Million Little Things12
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    A Million Little Things

    David Giuntoli, Ron Livingston

    Premiered2018

    A Million Little Things (ABC, 2018) is an American family drama television series created by...  more
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  • Homecoming13
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    Homecoming

    Janelle Monáe, Julia Roberts

    Premiered2018

    Homecoming (Amazon Video, 2018) is a psychological thriller web television series created by...  more
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    #293 of 402 The Greatest TV Dramas of All Time#18 of 40 The Best Current TV Shows Starring Movie Stars

  • Lost in Space14
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    Lost in Space

    Toby Stephens, Molly Parker

    Premiered2018

    Lost in Space (Netflix, 2018) is an American science fiction web television series created by...  more
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  • The Outsider15
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    The Outsider

    Ben Mendelsohn, Cynthia Erivo

    Premiered2020

    The Outsider (HBO, 2020) is an American miniseries based on the novel of the same name by...  more
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  • Cobra Kai16
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    Cobra Kai

    Ralph Macchio, William Zabka

    Premiered2018

    Cobra Kai (YouTube Red, 2018) is an American comedy-drama web television series created by...  more
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  • Riverdale17
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    Riverdale

    KJ Apa, Lili Reinhart

    Premiered2017

    Riverdale (The CW, 2017) is an American teen drama television series developed by Roberto...  more
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  • Messiah18
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    Messiah

    Tomer Sisley, Michelle Monaghan

    Premiered2020

    Messiah (Netflix, 2020) is an American drama-thriller television series created by Michael...  more
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    #214 of 307 The Best Shows Canceled After a Single Season#8 of 328 The Best 2020 Original Streaming Platform Shows

  • The Defenders19
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    The Defenders

    Charlie Cox, Krysten Ritter

    Premiered2017

    The Defender (Netflix, 2017) is an American web television miniseries created by Douglas...  more
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  • Alias Grace20
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    Alias Grace

    Sarah Gadon, Edward Holcraft

    Premiered2017

    Alias Grace (Netflix, 2017) is a miniseries based on the 1996 novel by Margaret Atwood. Grace...  more
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    #49 of 452 The Best New Netflix Original Series of the Last Few Years#14 of 23 Dark Dramas Inspired By Real Events

  • Star Trek: Discovery21
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    Star Trek: Discovery

    Sonequa Martin-Green, Doug Jones

    Premiered2017

    Star Trek: Discovery (CBS All Access, 2017) is the first Star Trek series since Star Trek:...  more
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    #36 of 69 Sci-Fi Shows You Should Be Watching Now#2 of 48 The Best New CBS TV Shows of the Last Few Years

  • Harlots22
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    Harlots

    Samantha Morton, Jessica Brown Findlay

    Premiered2017

    Harlots (Hulu, 2017) is a British-American period drama television series created by Alison...  more
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  • Mr. Mercedes23
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    Mr. Mercedes

    Brendan Gleeson, Harry Treadaway

    Premiered2017

    Mr. Mercedes (Audience, 2017) is an American mystery thriller television series developed by...  more
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  • Siren24
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    Siren

    Eline Powell, Alex Roe

    Premiered2018

    Siren (Freeform, 2018) is an American television drama series created by Eric Wald and Dean...  more
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  • The Deuce25
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    The Deuce

    James Franco, Maggie Gyllenhaal

    Premiered2017

    The Deuce (HBO, 2017) is an American television drama series created by George Pelecanos and...  more
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